Nicola ready to go the distance for Quarry Bank

Meet the Styal mum preparing for a 60-mile challenge

A mother with family ties to Quarry Bank is hoping to help with the National Trust property’s mission to tell more of its story to future generations.

Nicola Hiley, whose grandfather Freddy Geldard has been described as a ‘pioneering volunteer’ when the mill was first opened to the public, is now helping to raise money for the Quarry Bank appeal by walking in the Trans Pennine Challenge. Nicola’s husband, Simon, is the lead ranger at the Styal estate and they live in the village with their two-year-old daughter Samantha.

Talking about the connection to Styal, Nicola told us: “My family have put a lot of effort into the mill over the years and I just wanted to do something to continue that work.” The enthusiastic supporter has been walking the paths through the Styal countryside in preparation for her challenge which will see her walk non-stop for 60 miles between Didsbury and Sheffield

Her challenge begins at around 8.30am on Saturday 22nd June and finishes at around the same time on the following day. We want to wish Nicola every success in her fundraising efforts – particularly since she is believed to have Coeliac Disease and will undergo an operation to diagnose the condition in July – preparing for their requires her to eat foods containing gluten (the very thing that might be making her ill) for six weeks prior to the procedure.

Nicola is upbeat, however, commenting: “It is bad timing, but I need to know whether this is the condition I have. It is taking away my energy and leaving me very tired,” but “everyone’s support is also very important to me personally and will be a huge help in my recovery.”

The target is to raise £400 and people can donate by going to the JustGiving page entitled  ‘Nicola Hiley’s Quarry Bank Appeal’ where funds raised will go towards helping tell the complete story of the world’s premier industrial community including the tales of its owners, workers and apprentices. It will also go towards digitising the mill’s historical records so that the world can read them and see the renovation of the cottages, gardens and woodland around Quarry Bank.

Follow Nicola’s progress on twitter @NicNac4789 and support her efforts by donating at:


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